The District Director of Education of Akyemansa in the Eastern Region, Mr. Fred Herbert Kpoor, has observed that parents in the district are not committed to the education of their children.
Furthermore, “the children’s own attitude to education is very poor as they prefer engaging in palm oil extraction, akpeteshie distilling and scaring of birds on rice farms to learning ”, he stated.
This, he noted, had contributed to the poor performances of pupils at the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) and the low enrolment in the second cycle schools in the area.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Kpoor revealed that only 30 per cent of the 784 boys who sat for the 2011 BECE, and 23.1 per cent of the 539 girls, passed.
To reverse the trend, he disclosed that the schools had been tasked to organise “Open Days”, and invite role models from within and outside the district to talk to both the parents and the children on the importance of education.
Talks would also be organised in the churches and mosques in the towns and villages by officers from the education directorate, as part of the sensitisation, while refresher courses would be organised for School Management Committees and Parent/Teachers Associations, on their roles in improving education in the district.
Mr Kpoor appealed to the Ministry of Education to house the directorate in its own premises, and provide a bungalow for the district director and his staff.
The Akyemansa District is deprived and has no pipe borne water; the roads are poor, and as such teachers and other workers there are plying their trades under very trying conditions. GNA